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Published July 27, 2021

Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. to Assist Custer County in Funding Construction of a Multi-Use Building in Miles City

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Montana Acting State Director Jake Ceartin today announced that USDA is investing $1 million to support rural economic development in Montana.

USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. Through this program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to utilities. The utilities then lend funds to local businesses for projects that create and retain employment in rural areas. Eligible applicants are USDA’s Electric Program and Telecom Program borrowers.

“Through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, USDA Rural Development Montana is pleased to work with our utility companies to provide funding which will ultimately be used by local businesses to generate workforce opportunities and support Montana’s expanding economy,” stated Ceartin.

The Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. will use a $1 million loan to help Custer County construct a multi-use building in Miles City, which will support at least 15 full time jobs over the next three years.

“The multi-use building will not only serve as a workforce training venue for Miles City’s businesses and residents, but will also be positioned to accommodate increased tourism activities and events,” Ceartin noted. “And it will be integrated into Custer County’s Disaster and Emergency Services Recovery Plan.”

To learn more about investment resources for Montana’s rural areas, interested parties should contact the Business and Cooperative Programs Director, Lad Barney, at (406) 309-3350 or

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Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas.

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